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Nicki Minaj
Queen
Features Eminem
Labrinth
Released August 10, 2018
Recorded 2017-18
Format Digital download, streaming
Genre Rap
Pop
Trap
Length 4:55
Label Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic
Writer Onika Maraj
Timothy McKenzie
Marshall Mathers
Luis Resto
Producer Labrinth
Eminem
Queen track listing
"Majesty" is track number 2.
Previous track
"Ganja Burn"
Next track
"Barbie Dreams"

"Majesty" is a song by Nicki Minaj from her fourth studio album Queen. It features Eminem and Labrinth. The track was set to be sent to US rhythmic radio on October 16, 2018 as the fifth single from the album, however the release was presumably cancelled and was soon followed by the remix of "Good Form" as the fifth single. The track was written by Minaj, Eminem, Labrinth and Luis Resto and was produced by Eminem and Labrinth.

Background and release

In an interview on DJ Whoo Kid's The Hollywood Shuffle, Nicki made the following statement about the feature of Eminem on the track —

"We sent him "Majesty" not thinking he was gonna do it. He co-produced it, he does that, he did the same thing with "Roman's Revenge". Swizz produced "Roman's Revenge", but then Em added stuff production-wise, he did the same thing with this one but he added more production value on this one like he just goes in, he taylor-makes the beat "around his flow and, you know, it’s epic.

Can we acknowledge that [Eminem's verse] that’s like one of the best rap verses we’ve heard in years? Like oh my God, like I was so freaking stunned when I got that back. I just sat there for a long time, I couldn’t move, I couldn’t do nothing, I was just like, "yo, he murdered". It was like another level because lately you don’t see rappers doing that because they don’t feel like they have to anymore, but you know back at—one time rappers wanted to impress lyrically, now rappers wanna impress by going on Instagram and doing a rant, you know."[1]

Minaj's recording engineer, Aubry "Big Juice" Delaine, shared some of the most interesting stories from the recording sessions for Queen. He shared the following statement about the song —

"When we heard the piano part, we were like, "oh, that’s a pretty cool beat." Once it dropped into the [sings more aggressive part], everybody went crazy. But I didn’t know she was putting Eminem on it until the last couple of weeks when he sent it back. He’s still one of those guys who pays attention to lyricism, and as you can tell on this song, he went in. When that beat drops, that is crazy. Then it changes again in the outro with that Caribbean vibe. Likely by next week, "Majesty" is gonna be my favorite song."[2]

Mike Adam announced via Twitter on October 3, 2018 that "Majesty" is set to impact rhythmic radio (US) on Tuesday October 16. It is believed that the release was ultimately cancelled.[3]

Live performances

Minaj made the debut performance of the track live at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards in a medley along with "Barbie Dreams", "Ganja Burn" and "FEFE", and later performed it at the TIDAL X Vivo event in São Paulo, Brazil. It is also used as the opening song for The Nicki Wrld Tour.

Cross references


Lyrics

Charts

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) 60
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 44
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ) 6
UK Singles 41
US Billboard Hot 100 48
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 25

Credits

Personnel:[4]

  • Composer: Onika Maraj, Marshall Mathers, Timothy McKenzie, Luis Resto
  • Producer: Labrinth, Eminem
  • Mixer: Mike Strange, Eminem
  • Recording engineer: Aubry "Big Juice" Delaine, Mike Strange, Joe Strange, Labrinth
  • Assistant recording engineer: Nick Valentin, Alex Estevez
  • Additional keyboards: Luis Resto

References

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